Delusional. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer is running for president. "While Roemer is a native son of a state that witnessed a miracle last year -- the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl -- he faces very long odds. A former Democratic member of Congress who switched to the GOP in 1991, midway through his single term as governor, Roemer has been largely absent from politics since consecutive failed gubernatorial runs. In Louisiana circles, he is a onetime political wunderkind who is remembered more for what he might have been than what he accomplished."
Disappointing, to say the very least. "Why the wait? That's the question ACTA president Anne Neal is asking Harvard about restoring ROTC to campus. As she points out, providing official recognition to ROTC - as opposed to establishing a new unit on campus - is an action that the university can and should undertake immediately. Harvard president Drew Faust's response is disappointing. While she confirmed that the university is in discussion with the military, she noted that those discussions were focused on 'the gay and lesbian issue' and that the transgender issue still has to be sorted through."
Disinterest on the left in figuring out the motive on this one? "A gunman shouting 'Allah Akbar' opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said. ... He fired nine times, killing two and critically wounding two others before the gun jammed and he was subdued by other passengers. While being wrestled into submission, the suspect shouted either 'Jihad Jihad' or 'Allah Akbar,' sources said."
Declining interest in running for president? Looks that way. "Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll stay focused on getting his Statehouse agenda passed, even if the legislative session drags on so long that it precludes him for running for president."
Distressing to see such lack of initiative on Libya. Elliott Abrams writes: "Sending [Gaddafi's opposition] not only humanitarian materials -- which is already being done, but should be increased -- but also arms seems logical. . . . If even that is too much for the United States government to stomach, could we at least press the Saudis (who have long hated Qaddafi) or Egyptians or other Arabs to supply the anti-Qaddafi forces? . . . Given the reports today of how resistant the Pentagon is to direct intervention, including a no-fly zone, perhaps the supply of arms would gather some support at DOD as a better alternative. The American position cannot, in any event, be strong rhetorical support for the opposition combined with absolute inaction. Our words must have meaning and must be the precursor to action."
Depraved, if true. "Hollywood film mogul Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to the story of the WikiLeaks saga, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The Guardian was one of the five original media outlets used by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to publicize the tranche of thousands of classified US documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and diplomatic cables."
Distasteful speech is protected by the First Amendment."The First Amendment protects a fringe religious group that protested the funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court, in an 8-to-1 vote, ruled that the soldier's father could not sue Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for celebrating his son's death with a funeral picket that included signs saying 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers' and 'God Hates You,' along with more vulgar messages."
Disingenuous to claim they are "pro-Israel," isn't it? " The detractors of J Street, the 'pro-Israel, pro-peace' lobbying organization, like to portray the organization's leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami, as so far to the left of mainstream American Jewish opinion as to be out of bounds. If they think Ben-Ami is too much of a lefty on Israel, just wait till they meet J Street's rank and file." Read about the whole unseemly scene. Or not -- life is short.
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